Man, after what transpired with our ‘premium midfielders’ this round, you might have to look to the wire for a captain option this week (unless you own Pat Cripps Version 1.5), so read carefully! Today, I’ll be looking into guys with low ownership that could bolster your team’s strength/depth going forward. I’ll also make mention of some high scorers from the round past that seem like mirages and are probably not worthy of sacrificing your waiver priority for.
Here’s are the low ownership guys to scoop up in the wake of round 3:
HARRY SCHOENBERG (108 AF/102 SC) – MID
Yep, I dropped Harry in 2 leagues prior to round 3 and he goes and slaps me in the face with scores like these. Laird was back, he was facing a Port Adelaide team who in recent times have been a tough matchup for mids, and yet in spite of these factors, he still gets it done with his highest score of the season! These are very encouraging signs for the third year midfielder – make him your M7 now.
WILL DAY (91 AF/73 SC) – DEF
Fortunately for me, Will Day was one of the dudes I brought in for Schoenberg (but enough about me). This was Day’s first game back after a lengthy absence, booting Tom Phillips out of the picture in the process. He looked great in a defensive role for Hawthorn and his score was aided by the injury to Jack Scrimshaw (which could be a fractured scapula, eeep), so ensure that Day ain’t on your wire come tomorrow.
BLAKE ACRES (110 AF/105 SC) – MID
Do you believe in it? Well, that depends on how desperate you are for a midfielder right now, I guess. He scored sufficiently the week before this one on Freo’s wing and has a wonderful kick to handball ratio. If you have a sure-fire 8 mids, you can probably let this one slide, but if you need an M7/8, I’d roll the dice on Acres.
BLAKE HARDWICK (68 AF/71 SC) – DEF
He was on -3 (AF) at QTR time and then went on to score as he did after Scrimshaw went off. Scrimshaw’s injury (and potentially prolonged absence) could see a lot points offered up in the Hawthorn backline, so if you’re in a deeper league and Hardwick was cut after a slow start, he could be the answer to any defensive gap-filling you may require.
JEREMY SHARP (84 AF/75 SC) – MID
He beat Touk by 20 whole AF points!! What a stud! But seriously, this is the kind of scoring I was expecting from Sharp this season. Instead, he shat out two 44s (AF) to open the season and should definitely be on your wire if you’re after an M7/8.
THOMSON DOW (78 AF/100 SC) – FWD/MID
Look, you’re just going to have to ignore the fact that his first name is a surname minus a ‘p’ here, okay? Truth be told, Thomson was rotating through a depleted Richmond midfield and looked pretty good doing it, particularly in a side that lost. Prestia might not be far away, and Dusty might be a long way away, but in the meantime, the superior Dow isn’t a bad option for your forward line.
JESSE HOGAN (85 AF/109 SC) – FWD
Yo Stevieeeee, Jesse could be heeeeeaaaaating up! But he played the Suns and like the actual sun, they’ll heat up anything and everything right now (did you see the recent temperatures at the arctic poles? It’s concerning). Our impending doom aside, you just have to take a flyer on Jesse if you’re thin up front, which most of us are.
JACKSON NELSON (81 AF/68 SC) – DEF
Played as a tagger on Brayshaw then moved onto a wing later in the game. He’s not one I’d be tripping over my dick to get but could serve as a handy D5/6.
Here are some flashes in the pan that you can ignore during the waiver period:
CHARLIE CAMERON (108 AF/102 SC) & LINC MCCARTHY (102 AF/116 SC) – FWDS
These 2 are great streamers when facing teams like North, but can’t be relied upon weekly due to their low basements.
ALEX KEATH (95 AF/109 SC) – DEF
If you’re considering him as a pickup this week, I hope your first year of fantasy footy has been fun! He kicked a goal for fuck’s sake… ignore this obvious illusion.
ELLIOT HIMMELBERG (92 AF/124 SC) – FWD
He scored a 21 in round 1. Just nahhhhhhh.
TODD MARSHALL (88 AF/104 SC) – FWD
Did this against the Crows and scored pitifully the 2 weeks prior. Move along.
LACHLAN SCHULZ (99 AF/105 SC) – FWD
He beat up on the Eagles in a drab western derby (drabry?) and was Freo’s second highest scorer. It’s totally illusory as he’s a small, high half-forward type who won’t have it this easy going forward.
Alrighty gang, that’s what I think of the waiver wire this week. Shoot us some feedback in the comments or on Twitter: @lionelhutzforprez. I’m always keen to hear the moves people are making from the FA list!